Five Hotels to Book Before Club Carlson Devaluation on 3/15

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We’re still in the time of year when hotels and airlines make their annual changes to their award charts, so it order to protect yourself from those changes as best as you can, it pays to plan ahead and make future reservations before higher points rates kick in.  This time around it is the Club Carlson award chart changes that will kick in on Saturday (March 15th).  I first posted about these changes here, but in this post I will highlight five different properties you may want to lock in before the higher rates kick in this weekend.  Of course this is just a sampling, I recommend you read the linked post below to see all the hotels changing categories to see if any are right for you.

As a refresher, they are introducing a Category 7 tier that will go for 70,000 points per night (hotels currently top out at 50,000 points per night).  Additionally, many properties are moving up or down in categories.

Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees, Paris going from 50,000 to 70,000 points per night (6 to 7)

My family has this hotel booked for an upcoming trip to Paris and it is a great deal currently at 50,000 Club Carlson points per night.  According to their website, popular sites like the Eiffel Tower and Louvre are in easy reach of the hotel either on foot or via several nearby metro stations.  They have 45 rooms that receive twice-daily housekeeping and many have a terrace or balcony that overlooks the city.

Radisson Paris

The May Fair London going from 50,000 to 70,000 points per night (6 to 7)

We have stayed at this hotel and had an excellent stay for the points price.  We enjoyed it so much my mom will be staying there in the coming weeks, also on points.  The May Fair has just over 400 rooms and is located in central London a few blocks from the Green Park station, Buckingham Palace, and much more.  It was an ideal location for a trip to London!  You can read all about my review of the hotel here.

May Fair in London

May Fair in London

Radisson Blu Resort Trysil, Norway going from 44,000 to 50,000 points per night (5 to 6)
I just completed a stay at this ski-in property in Norway and found it to be very family friendly.  It has an on-site bowling alley, amazing pool with rock climbing “deep end”, toddler play room, and more.  It is also located on one the most family-friendly ski resorts in Norway with lots of easy runs.  You can read all about my review of the hotel here.
Radisson Blu Trysil

Radisson Blu Trysil

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Orlando Universal going from 15,000 to 28,000 points per night (2 to 3)

If you are looking for a way to stretch a points budget in Orlando, you can do it at the Country Inn and Suites Orlando Universal.  This hotel is located close to attractions like Universal Studios, Walt Disney World Resort, and SeaWorld.  It has a free hot breakfast, free internet, and a free shuttle to major theme parks.

Radisson Hotel, Fisherman’s Wharf going from 44,000 to 50,000 points per night (5 to 6)
This hotel underwent a big renovation in 2012 and sits on the waterfront in Fisherman’s Wharf.  It is in a great location for tourist activities in San Francisco such as ferries to Alcatraz, Ghirardelli Square, the cable cars and more. It also has a heated outdoor pool in case you brought the kids and want something to do without leaving the hotel.
Radisson Fisherman's Wharf
Some of these deals may not sound like they are good enough to worry about pouncing on, but when you factor in that the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card gives you the last award night free, the equation changes dramatically.  Also note that you can book very far in advance at some Club Carlson properties, so play around with how far out you can go at the property you are interested in.  Just remember the deadline is March 15th!
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Comments

  1. Hello Mommy Points. This is a great reminder. But I thought the new categories apply to bookings made on or after May 1, 2014? Is that right?

  2. FYI no rooms in the Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees, Paris overlook the city nice Hotel and nice rooms, good location but of the main AVE and not the Best Club Carlson Property in my Opinion. The up side is the distance to multiple subway lines.

  3. worldtraveler2018, you are correct that when they first announced the changes they mentioned both a March and May date. Within a day or so the May date was eliminated and they clarified that the changes go live on March 15th.
    Leonard, yeah there is debate about which is the best in Paris on Club Carlson points. This one is frequently listed as the favorite, but some prefer another. Regardless of your favorite in Paris I would recommend locking it in before Saturday as they are pretty much all going up!
    Maury, awesome – me too!

  4. Just stayed at the May Fair and the Radisson Champs Elysees in the past couple of weeks on 2-for-1 award stays. Both were fantastic redemptions where one paid night would have been $500+ at the May Fair and $450+ at the Radisson.

    May Fair rooms are very big and the hotel itself very nice and in a good locations. There’s a supermarket right across the street too.

    Radisson Champs Elysees is in an awesome location just 50-100 meters from the Arc de Triomphe and one street over from the Champs Elysees (actually on Ave Marceau). Received an upgraded business-class room as a Gold Elite and the size of the room was much bigger than any other Paris hotel I’ve ever stayed at.

  5. The Country Inn & Suites near Universal is a no go… We had a two night stay booked there yesterday and left the hotel after checking in and seeing a couple different rooms which were dirty and not well maintained:-(
    Save your points for a different property!

  6. I thought the Champs-Elysees is pretty nice.

    The Mayfair in London I think was that great. It’s a huge hotel, and the rooms are nothing special. The only good thing is that it’s in mayfair district but that means everything is expensive.

    In London/Paris I would prefer to stay at andaz liverpool street or park hyatt paris (Duh for the second one). I wasn’t expecting the Park Hyatt Paris to be THAT much better than Champs-Elysees but it def was.

  7. I’m a little confused about the changes… I see that the top tier is 70,000 points, but I was looking into booking the Radisson Blu Champs Elysees in September and it’s showing 105,000 gold points necessary. Any thoughts?

  8. Thanks! Yes, it is. I’ve also been reading that a few locations will no longer offer standard awards, only premium for 105k points.

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